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Scarletletter Nn Ce

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  • 1. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Introduction Background Discussion Starters Menu
  • 2. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Images provided by Jupiter Images, Shutterstock, and Wikimedia Commons.
  • 3. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 4. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction What happens when a private sin becomes a public crime?
  • 5. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction In Puritan New England a young woman named Hester Prynne gives birth to a baby girl.
  • 6. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction Hester’s elderly husband has been missing for years. Everyone knows he can’t be the father.
  • 7. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction The town punishes Hester harshly for her adultery. First, they imprison her. Then, they condemn her to wear a scarlet letter A for the rest of her life.
  • 8. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction The townspeople treat Hester as an outcast.
  • 9. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction What her neighbors don’t know is the identity of the baby’s father. Hester refuses to tell.
  • 10. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction Her lover, whoever he is, seems to escape punishment. Or does he?
  • 11. The Scarlet Letter: Introduction Perhaps hidden suffering is even worse than public shame.
  • 12. The Scarlet Letter: Background Persecuted in England, the Puritans came to North America to form their own communities.
  • 13. The Scarlet Letter: Background Life in the Colonies was harsh, but it gave the Puritans the opportunity to form a society based on their religious ideals.
  • 14. The Scarlet Letter: Background The setting of The Scarlet Letter is Boston in the 1640s. Boston had recently been founded by about one thousand English Puritans, led by John Winthrop.
  • 15. The Scarlet Letter: Background Puritans sought the freedom to live by their beliefs . However, the Puritan leaders did not tolerate religious beliefs that differed from their own.
  • 16. The Scarlet Letter: Background As for personal freedom… every member of the community was held to strict standards of behavior.
  • 17. The Scarlet Letter: Background In a Puritan community such as Hester’s, no aspect of life was truly private. People kept a close watch on their neighbors.
  • 18. The Scarlet Letter: Background Those considered sinners were publicly—and harshly—punished, as an example to others.
  • 19. The Scarlet Letter: Background The Puritans believed that all things are controlled beforehand by the will of God. This doctrine is called predestination.
    • No one could know for certain if they were destined to receive salvation.
    • However, a good Puritan still had to live as pure and righteous a life as possible—and to watch for signs of sinfulness in others.
  • 20. The Scarlet Letter: Discussion Starters
    • Discuss (1)
    • Hester goes to jail for an action that, in our society, usually would remain private.
    • What kinds of wrongdoing do you think should be punished publicly?
    • What kinds should remain private for the people involved?
  • 21. The Scarlet Letter: Discussion Starters
    • Discuss (2)
    • Motivated by love and loyalty, Hester keeps a painful secret.
    • What kinds of secrets should you keep?
    • When might it be better to reveal a friend’s secret, even though that person will be angry with you?

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